Are you one of the 21 percent of Americans ‘almost constantly’ online?

Yes, it is that bad.

More than one-fifth of Americans go online “almost constantly,” according to a new Pew Research survey, which does not specifically define “almost constantly” but does have separate classification called “several times a day” (42 percent) and once a day (10 percent). Translation: “Almost constantly” means a lot. Think ignore-your-friends-and-family level.

The graphic below has more of the dirty details. Twenty-one percent of U.S. adults surveyed are online “almost constantly,” and that figure rises to 36 percent for those who are 18 to 29 years old. Also, the numbers are highest for those with more education and higher income: 29 percent of college graduates said they’re frequently online, and 28 percent of those with annual incomes of $75,000 or above.


One-in-five Americans – and 36% of 18- to 29-year-olds – go online ‘almost constantly’

Pew notes that this is the first time it provided adult survey participants with the “almost constantly” option. The survey was conducted from June 10 to July 12. A previous survey of teens showed similar results: 24 percent of teens said they went online almost constantly.

The rise of mobile, of course, contributes to all this online activity: A Pew survey from October said that 68 percent of U.S. adults own a smartphone, and that number is even higher for those ages 18 to 29: 86 percent.

Is there profound meaning to glean from this survey? Perhaps. But for the last word, for now, we turn to a tweet from Not Will Ferrell:


Photo illustration from Associated Press archives


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  • Askank Man

    A couple of friends I know purchased the iPhone and became a slave to it. Always online poking the virtual keypad at home, restaurants, shopping malls, bathroom, etc. I think iPhones are as addictive to users as heroin is to addicts.

  • Vausch Abendroth

    Yes. My job requires me to be in contact with clients at almost all times, so I have them contact me via email, skype, or hangouts whenever they ask. I like to have noise while I work, so I tend to play videos on the side to provide a little stimulation and keep the room from being deathly quiet. I like to be productive while I wait for things so I often watch educational vids on youtube or do online Japanese lessons.

  • Dick Burns

    so college educated, well off, under 30, black men and women are internet zombies.